Local News Briefs

JCC and Kohn’s plan family Passover seder 

The Jewish Community Center will hold a family Passover seder for the community led by Rabbi Brad Horwitz at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. The seder is planned as a fun, interactive experience geared toward families with children ages 5-13. Siblings are welcome, and baby-sitting is available with advanced reservation only for children under 5 for the before-dinner portion of the seder. RSVPS are required by April 7 by contacting Robin Rickerman at 314-442-3275 or [email protected] The program is co-chaired by Andrea and Steven Rosenblum and Karen and Andrew Loiterstein and is sponsored by Randy and Nancy Green/The Gladys K. Crown Foundation.  It is coordinated by the JCC’s Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life.

Sixth-annual Shabbat St. Louis set for April 19

The sixth-annual Shabbat St. Louis community worship experience during Passover will take place Saturday, April 19, at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road in Creve Coeur.  

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This year’s theme is “Count Me In.”  A community Torah study led by area rabbis will begin at 9 a.m. The Shabbat service will start at 10 a.m. and will be led by adults and youth representing Reform and Reconstructionist congregations from the St. Louis area and Southern Illinois. Musical accompaniment will be provided by HaShemesh and area youth.  

People of all ages are encouraged to attend.  Assistive-hearing devices will be available, and the service will be sign-interpreted.  A Passover kiddush will follow.

At the Passover seder, w e proclaim, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” In this spirit, those attending Shabbat St. Louis are asked to bring vegetable seed packets or tzedakah donations to benefit the Garden of Eden community vegetable garden at the JCC. Produce from the garden is given to clients of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

The goal of Shabbat St. Louis is to encourage collaboration, strengthen our Jewish community and enrich our celebration of Shabbat. For more information, visit shabbatstlouis.org.

ElderLink ‘Car Fit’ event to focus on aging drivers

ElderLink St. Louis, AARP and Covenant Place will co-sponsor an event for older adult drivers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, on the Covenant Place parking lot, 6 Millstone Campus Drive. “Car Fit” is a free, interactive and educational program from AARP.  

The program will teach participants how to make their vehicles “fit” them in order to increase safety and mobility. It will review 12 key areas, such as keeping an adequate distance from the steering wheel, and the proper use of seat belts and head restraints.  

Participants will sign up for a free, personal 20-minute session with occupational therapists in their own cars.

RSVPs are requested for the event, which is open to the public.  To attend and to schedule a time slot, call ElderLink senior information referral specialist Lori Zimmerman at 314-812-9300, or e-mail [email protected]

ElderLink St. Louis is available thanks to funding by the Lubin-Green Foundation, the United Way of Greater St. Louis and BJC Healthcare. ElderLink St. Louis is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.